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August 15, 2018

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty lost the Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday night to underdog Jeff Johnson, the Hennepin County commissioner.

Pawlenty served two terms as governor, winning elections in 2002 and 2006, and after he left office he went to work as a lobbyist for banks. Pawlenty entered the race late and did not go to the state party convention in June, but he still raised a lot of money. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Johnson had 53 percent of the vote to Pawlenty's 44 percent.

On Tuesday night, Johnson said he believes his win is "just further indication that the rules have changed, not just in Minnesota, not just in our party. People are expecting something different from candidates." He will face the winner of the Democratic primary, Rep. Tim Walz, in November. Catherine Garcia

August 15, 2018

Ironworker Randy Bryce won Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District Democratic primary on Tuesday night, beating Janesville School Board member Cathy Myers.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) has represented the district since 1998, and Democrats are hoping that this is their year to flip the seat blue. Bryce will take on Bryan Steil, the winner of the Republican primary, in November. Steil is a lawyer and former Ryan staffer who comes from a prominent Janesville Republican family, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Ryan announced in April that he would not be seeking re-election, and four other Republicans ran against Steil in the primary, including Paul Nehlen, known for making racist and anti-Semitic statements. Catherine Garcia

August 14, 2018

Rep. Keith Ellison won the Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general on Tuesday night.

Just a few days ago, the son of the six-term congressman's former girlfriend posted a message on Facebook saying he saw video of Ellison dragging his mother, Karen Monahan, by her feet, while he yelled and cursed at her. On Sunday, Ellison said his relationship with Monahan ended in 2016, and he still cares "deeply for her well-being. This video does not exist because I never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false."

The Democratic National Committee told NPR it is reviewing the allegations against Ellison, the DNC's deputy chairman. Catherine Garcia

August 14, 2018

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) easily defeated his opponent Robert Meyer in the Republican primary on Tuesday night.

With 59.2 percent of precincts reporting, Walker has 93.1 percent of the vote, with Meyer coming in a very distant second with 6.9 percent. Walker is seeking a third term in office, and will face off in November's general election against the winner of the Democratic primary, Tony Evers.

Evers is the state's schools chief, and ran against seven other Democrats in the primary. Walker has been vocal about Democrats being able to win in November if Republicans don't prepare to fight, and he plans on starting a tour of the state on Wednesday. Catherine Garcia

August 14, 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was victorious in Tuesday night's Vermont Democratic Senate primary, easily defeating Folasade Adeluola.

With 69.5 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders has 94.5 percent of the vote, compared to Adeluola with 5.5 percent. As he has done in the past, Sanders said he will turn down the nomination in order to run as an independent.

Sanders, who ran for president in 2016 as a Democrat, is a member of the Senate's Democratic caucus. In an email to HuffPost, Vermont Democratic Party spokesman Christopher Di Mezzo said the party has a "strong, productive, and close relationship with Sen. Sanders," and he is a "powerful voice for Democratic values, issues, and candidates." Catherine Garcia

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